These somewhat flighty birds are related to the extremely popular Svarthöns (Swedish Black Hen). We imported these last year to the USA and continue to add genetics from other hard working NPIP farms to our flock to create the strongest and hardiest layers possible. While the typical Swedish black hen can only be black, the Blå Höna produces stunning variations of blue genetics. This is the most cost effective bird that we keep next to our imported Appenzeller Spitzhaubens. Time and time again we are excited to offer ultimate backyard chickens!
These birds carry the same type of fibromelanosis gene as the Ayam Cemani or Silkies. The bones and intestines are a blue/ black color. Our birds were developed North of the border in conditions similar to their homeland and are very hardy. Our birds have been selected for the darkest, but the majority of selection has been made for winter production traits. These are our highest producer of winter eggs here in WA State. The hens produce approximately 200+ white eggs per year and birds weigh between 3.5-6.0 lbs. The amazing thing about this chicken is that it produces 3 stunning colored birds in one depending on how you pair them! See chart below:
The Blue gene theory according to Gregor Mendel's laws of inheritance
Blue x Blue = 50% Blue, 25% Black, 25% Splash
Blue x Black = 50% Blue, 50% Black
Blue x Splash = 50% Blue, 50% Splash
Black x Black = 100% Black
Splash x Splash = 100% Splash
Splash x Black = 100% Blue
These lines were originally bred out of 2 "sports" ( or genetic variations) from large FM breeding programs. It has been developed into a desirable pool of affordable genetics for the masses. Some mulberry combs and other traits may exist. We have also found a pathway in which black can be switched off to allow red pigments to come through allowing for some very gorgeous fowl.
Other cross bred varieties can be found and are known by other names such as Chinese Black, Asian Black chicken, Blue Fibro, Swedish Blues, and several other monikers.
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